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BB40133: Plant responses to abiotic stress

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: ES 66%, SM 34%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB20030 or take BB20031 or take BB20032 or you must have taken suitable degree units from another University.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To gain a detailed understanding into how higher plants respond to and cope with the environmental stresses to which they are exposed.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* demonstrate an in-depth and up-to-date knowledge of plants ability to cope with environmental stresses;
* critically evaluate experimental evidence within this field.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

The environmental stresses to which plants are exposed include drought, salinity, heavy metals, acid soils and mechanical damage, many of which are exacerbated by human pressures on the environment. As non-motile organisms plants have to deal with environmental stresses in situ. Therefore, they have evolved a wide range of mechanisms to cope with these stresses. This course examines the physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of these mechanisms and considers how plants may be manipulated to increase their stress tolerance.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB40133 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Biology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AKB07 : BSc (hons) Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc (hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • RSBB-AFM07 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Biosciences Route) (Full-time) - Year 1
  • RSBB-AFM17 : Integrated PhD Postgenomic Biosciences (Molecular Plant Sciences Route) (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM03 : MRes Biosciences (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM17 : MRes Molecular Plant Sciences (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM06 : MSc Biosciences (Full-time) - Year 1
  • TSBB-AFM11 : MSc Molecular Plant Sciences (Full-time) - Year 1

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.